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#DunlapDetails Vol. 4

If you’ve visited the Museum, you’re probably familiar with William Dunlap’s Panorama of the American Landscape that greets visitors from its home in Trustmark Grand Hall. It’s one of our ongoing and free public exhibitions. Because of the sheer size, some of the painting’s details aren’t readily apparent from a distance. Here’s another in our series called #DunlapDetails, where we take closer looks at the many small paintings within the whole. Next time you visit, find and share your favorite corner.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by MMA

MMA Announces Artists for 2014 Mississippi Invitational Exhibition

Media Contact: Julian Rankin jrankin@msmuseumart.org 601-960-1515

(Jackson, Miss.) ... The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) is pleased to announce the fifteen artists selected for inclusion in the 2014 Mississippi Invitational exhibition. The artists, all residents of Mississippi, are Carolyn Busenlener, Pearlington; Adrienne Callander, Starkville; Neil Callander, Starkville; Shawn Lee Dickey, Columbus; Marcus Frazier, Natchez; Lou Haney, Oxford; Chatham Kemp, Hattiesburg; Ruth Miller, Picayune; Don Norris, Hattiesburg; Anne O’Hara, Jackson; David Jason Pressgrove, Jackson; Andrew Smith, Oxford; Gregory Walker, Jackson; J. Marcus Weekley, Gulfport; and Milly West, Oxford.

Initiated in 1997, the Mississippi Invitational surveys recent developments by contemporary visual artists living and working across the state, and includes work in diverse media. The 2014 exhibition marks the ninth iteration and is on view from November 1, 2014, through January 25, 2015.

“For me, it was a transformative experience to travel the state from Holly Springs to Pearlington in pursuit of recent art by such talented creators,” said Roger Ward, MMA Deputy Director and Chief Curator. “Mississippi is...

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Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 by MMA

Q & A with actor John Maxwell - “Voices of Freedom Summer”

Join us at the Museum Thursday, August 14 - Sunday, August 17, 2014 for a ticketed dramatic performance of Voices of Freedom by Frank Kuhn in conjunction with our current exhibition, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement. These performances are produced by John Maxwell’s Fish Tale Group Theatre. In advance of the production, we sat down with renowned Mississippi writer, director, and thespian John Maxwell to get some perspective on the play.

MMA: Why is this play, Voices of Freedom Summer, something Fish Tale Group Theatre wanted to produce?

John Maxwell: At Fish Tale Group Theatre we do plays that address social issues that are not always pleasant. So Voices of Freedom Summer is perfect for us. We have a real conscience about who we are and what we need to do and who we need to celebrate. It’s really important, with subjects such as these, that we...

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Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by MMA

MMA and Fish Tale Group Theatre present Voices of Freedom Summer

Media Contact: Julian Rankin jrankin@msmuseumart.org 601-960-1515

Click here for press release pdf.

Dramatic performances commemorate Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964

(Jackson, Miss) … The Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) is pleased to partner with John Maxwell’s Fish Tale Group Theatre to host performances of Voices of Freedom Summer by Francis X. Kuhn commemorating the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. From August 14 through 17, 2014, the Museum’s Trustmark Grand Hall will serve as the venue for this compelling drama that draws from historical accounts, newspaper articles, correspondence, speeches, songs, and archival materials from the 1960s.

Tickets for the following showtimes can be purchased online at www.fishtalegroup.org, or by calling the Fish Tale Group Theatre box office at 601-714-1414. Ticket prices: $15 in advance, $18 at the door; students $7 in advance, $10 at the door.


Thursday, August 14 – 7:30 PM Friday, August 15 – 7:30 PM Saturday, August 16 – 2 PM...

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Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 by MMA

All Natural Art

Walking through The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art, you see sculptures and art installations that seem to sprout from the ground itself. The Noodle by Fletcher Cox frames the C Spire Stage in twisted steel. Glass work by Pearl River Glass Studio has become one with the climbing roses on the west wall of the garden. Martha Ferris’ McRae Children’s Fountains, titled Mississippi Pond, reference the aquafauna of the state’s rural regions.

But this week, exploring with MMA Executive Chef Nick Wallace, we were surprised to find another outcropping of visual art that sprung up without intention. Watermelons, rind of au natural visual art pattern, have made a home in one of the garden trays.

It reiterates why The Art Garden and other green spaces are important to communities. Where opportunities and spaces to gather and create exist, beautiful things are bound to...

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Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 by MMA

#VaultVantage: Sam Gilliam

By Caitlin Podas, Registrar

I have no shame in telling you that I get distracted very easily. Especially when I have to work in the Vault. If I’m trying to find a storage location for a new acquisition I inevitably get distracted by every other artwork that already exists in that space. It’s a constant internal dialogue of, ‘Ooh I didn’t know we had this artist! I wonder what else we have by them. I must find out this very minute and then find each piece.’ I was recently comforted to find out that I am not the only person this happens to.

Last week I was in the Vault with Beth Batton and Roger Ward, two of our curators, looking at artworks for an exhibition scheduled for next year. As we perused the racks Roger noticed a piece that I had previously overlooked. Before we knew it all three of us were thrown off track and fully absorbed with the artwork (which had nothing to do with the upcoming exhibition).

The artwork that we were looking at...

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Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by MMA